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Faith Community Nursing


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ONLINE Course  |  Fee: $400

March 16 - May 8, 2020


Faith community nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting holistic health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.

40 Contact hours (4.0 CEUs) awarded for full participation in the course.

Cathy Abell
cathy.abell@wku.edu

Dr. Abell is a Professor in the School of Nursing at WKU. She earned an AS in Nursing from Somerset Community College and a BSN and MS from WKU. She also was awarded a MSN in Nursing Education from WKU in 2002 and received her PhD from the University of Louisville in 2006 with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development.

Dr. Abell has taught in the School of Nursing since 2002 and currently teaches in the Graduate program.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Kentucky Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, Kentucky League of Nursing, National League of Nursing, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Southern Gerontology Association, Kentucky Rural Health Association, Nursing Christian Fellowship, and Faith Community Nurses International.

Prior to teaching, Dr. Abell had clinical nursing experience in acute care, urgent care, and public health. She also had extensive experience in long-term care including Director of Nursing, Regional Nurse Consultant, Regional Quality Improvement Specialist, and Administrator.

Dr. Abell’s awards include the College of Health and Human Services’ Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004 and 2006. In 2006 she also was the recipient of the Innovative Teacher of the Year Award presented by the Kentucky Nurses Association; in 2007 she received the Student Government Association Professor of the Year Award; and in 2004 and 2015 she received the Kappa Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Nursing Education Award. In 2006, 2008, and 2017 Dr. Abell was presented with the Kappa Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding Nursing Leadership Award and was also the recipient of the Kappa Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding Research Award in 2012.

Her research interests include issues related to nursing education, use of technology, faith community nursing, occupational health, and the care of older adults.

Examples of scholarship can be found here.

You must already be a registered nurse with active licensure in good standing.

  • The participant will embrace the integration of faith and health as central to the faith community nurse role.
  • The participant will demonstrate knowledge, attitude, and skills to practice as a beginning faith community nurse.
  • The participant will value an inter-collegial peer system of support and identify a network for continued support.
  • The participant will commit to continued spiritual formation to more effectively understand & carry out the faith community nurse role.

The course is completely online and self-paced.  All work is completed within the stated date range.

We hope to enhance the learning experience of each participant by using discussion, personal sharing, case studies, lecture, audiovisuals, or group work.

This program is offered through a collaboration of WKU Department of Nursing &  WKU Continuing & Professional Development.Curriculum based on 2019 IPNRC Foundations of Faith Community Nursing.

The South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) as a provider of continuing education under the Provider Number 5-0026,  expiration date 12-31-21. 40.0 contact hours will be awarded after attending the entire offering and completing evaluations.  KBN # 5-0026-12-17- (Sep 2017 course); # 5-0026-12-19-1192 (Jan 2018 course); # 5-0026-12-19-1200 (April 2018 course); #5-0026-12-19-1201 (September 2018 course); KBN # 5-0026-12-21-1340- (March 2020 course).

  1. Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Curriculum: Participant. (2014). Church Health Center, Inc. Memphis, TN. ISBN: 978-1-62144-047-5
  2. Faith Community Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice 3rd Edition. (2017). American Nurses Association/Health Ministries Association. Silver Spring, MD. ISBN # 978-0-9726088-3-1

Registration Information


The South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center is approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) as a provider of continuing education under the Provider Number 5-0026, expiration date 12-31-21. 40.0 contact hours will be awarded after attending the entire offering and completing evaluations. KBN # 5-0026-12-21-1340- (March 2020 course).


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